20 Career Paths Dominated by Women Today

by Aman Singh Das | March 08, 2011

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If we were to classify job occupations by gender, what would be the top picks for women?

While you might be tempted to pick communications and other more interpersonal skills-oriented job profiles, remember that women today make up more than half the active workforce, are graduating in almost equal numbers, and continue to enjoy higher median pay.

According to a new report by Forbes, there are 20 occupations today, where women now outnumber men. As you go through the list, there is one essential commonality that stands out: Most of these roles were once considered the epitome of male dominance across industries.

Organized by industry, then, in no particular order:

Finance (Accounting, Auditing, Insurance, Assurance, etc.)

  1. Accountants & Auditors (61.8%)
  2. Financial managers (54.7%)
  3. Insurance Underwriters (62.8%)
  4. Tax Examiners, Collectors and Revenue Agents (73.8%)
  5. Budget Analysts (59.3%)
  6. Tax Preparers (65.9%)
  7. Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners & Investigators (60.6%)
  8. Financial Specialists (66.6%)

Communications/Social Skills

  1. Meeting & Convention Planners (83.3%)
  2. HR Managers (66.8%)
  3. Advertising & Promotion Managers (56.5%)
  4. Elementary & Middle School Teachers (81.9%)
  5. Social & Community Service Managers (69.4%)

Health Care

  1. Medical Scientists (56.9%)
  2. Veterinarians (61.2%)
  3. Psychologists (68.8%)
  4. Registered Nurses (92%)
  5. Medical & Health Services Managers (69.5%)

Operations/Administration

  1. Education Administrators (62.6%)
  2. Business Operations Specialists (68.4%)

Read more about what these job profiles involve, including profession reviews, salary data, Day in the Life(s), and Q&As with top professionals.

Forbes

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